Administration Team


Jennifer Thompson, Operations Manager

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson came to the CDPC in 2015 with over 10 years’ experience across the research community in Australia. Jennifer has held positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academic research/collaborative-group research and most recently as the Centre Manager of the Clinical Research Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Jennifer believes that evidence-based research should guide practice change and is highly skilled in project management, change management and strategic planning.

Jennifer’s responsibilities at the CDPC include management and coordination of the CDPC’s nationwide multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial program of work. Jennifer plays a key role in development and design of new research proposals and is charged with ensuring regulatory compliance and quality of research outcomes.

Jennifer is currently working towards her Masters in Health Policy at the University of Sydney, and holds a BSc (Biology) and Cert IV (Business Administration).


Sally Grosvenor, Communications Manager

Sally Grosvenor

Sally Grosvenor has over 20 years’ experience higher education sector, and has tertiary qualifications in Science Communication from the University of Queensland and Bachelor of Science with Honours from The University of Adelaide. Sally is passionate about communicating the latest developments in health research, is an experienced writer and editor and has produced high quality, professional content in a variety of media platforms. Her unique combination of knowledge and experience has enabled her to communicate strategic messaging with clarity and accuracy. Sally’s previous role was as Communications Program Coordinator at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT’s largest research institute with over 1000 members. In this role she delivered innovative communication strategies to enhance IHBI's research profile and deliver critical messages to both internal and external stakeholders.

Sally has also held the role of Science Communication Manager (AUS) for the international biotechnology company, Novozymes Biopharma, where she worked collaboratively with sales and marketing teams to develop engaging scientific literature in support of strategic projects to deliver desired outcomes. She has also worked as a freelance writer in her own science communication company, SCRO Communications.


Honor Morton, Communications & Engagement Officer

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Honor is a marketing and communications professional with over 10 years' experience in the higher education sector. She has a solid skills base in communicating research, writing for target audiences, managing social media platforms, curating content, writing media releases and identifying media opportunities, brand messaging, managing projects, and developing and implementing integrated communication and engagement plans.

She is a collaborative team player who builds positive relationships with stakeholders and is passionate about communicating complex information to a general audience. She enjoys improving processes, learning new technology, exploring different channels and platforms for communication and sharing her knowledge.

She has strong technical skills in web content management systems (Wordpress and Drupal), email marketing software (Mailchimp and Vision6), Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier and Audition) and Microsoft Office/360 and uses various media analytics tools such as Google Analytics.

Honor has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, 1992, and majored in Philosophy and Art History, with streams in media and cultural theory. She also has a Graduate Certificate Communications (Marketing & Public Relations) from The University of Queensland, 2009, with a major in broadcast journalism and subjects such as Communications Campaigns, Public Relations and Professional Writing.


Alexandra Kitching, Research Officer

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Alexandra Kitching is the Research Officer for the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. She comes to the role with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University, USA and a Master of Public Health from University of Sydney. Alexandra has developed her skills by excelling in qualitative and quantitative research courses throughout her postgraduate degree. She hopes to make a difference in peoples’ lives and is passionate about working toward this goal. Alexandra has previously worked in the project capacity in a global medical device company, Boston Scientific. Before that she managed the marketing and communications for a health clinic based in Sydney.

Alexandra is responsible for providing support and expertise to the Research Fellow – Evaluation with the monitoring and evaluation functions of the CDPC. She works with the Research Fellow – Evaluation to collect and analyse data for the overall CDPC evaluation. Additionally, she provides project management support to the CDPC directorate team. Alexandra is excited about growing her career in research and joining the CDPC team.


Rebecca Tam, Finance Officer

Rebecca Tam

Rebecca Tam is the CDPC Finance Officer. She is responsible for providing a range of financial administration and transactional services to the CDPC. She completed her Bachelor of Business degree at University of Technology, Sydney and an Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting) at Northern TAFE, Sydney. She possesses both local and overseas working experience, having worked in various accounting roles since graduation. She is a Certified Practising Accountant Australia.


Dr Shannon McDermott, Research Fellow-Evaluation

Shannon McDermott has ten years of experience working on applied and theoretical research projects in the fields of ageing, mental health and homelessness. Her research aims to understand how policy and practice can be structured to deliver the best care for vulnerable people in the community. Shannon began her career as a social worker working with homebound older people in San Francisco and went on to complete her PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2007. She worked as a Research Fellow at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre and a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW before joining the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.

Shannon is highly skilled in the theory and practice of evaluation, research design, research methodology, data analysis, dissemination, and project management. She is passionate about training and supporting researchers to do rigorous research and to translate research findings into practice. Shannon’s primary responsibilities at the CDPC are to conceptualise evaluation activities for the Centre and to support researchers conducting evaluation activities.

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Candida Blows, Administrative Assistant

Candida Blows

Candida Blows has been personal assistant to Professor Susan Kurrle for the last 5 years. She has previously worked at the University of Adelaide’s Medical School, supporting the Head of the Paediatric Department and associated Research Fellows. Her role in the CDPC is to provide administrative support to the Chief Investigator and Director as well as the Manager.